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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June. 29, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

MAN’S BICYCLE: 19-inch 7-speed black/silver Raleigh. Hardly used. $175. 941-778-3228.

BLACK & DECKER EDGER: “Edgehog” electric edger, adjustable blade, good condition. $50. 941-778-3469.

THREE-WHEEL JOYRIDER: Six months old. Paid $640, asking $425 or best offer. 941-506-4809 or e-mail: WT43@comcast.net.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011, all or part. Anna Maria Island Art League building, Holmes Beach. Contact: blbachner@earthlink.net or 917-843-1615.

STOP STUTTERING! To participate in testing a new non-invasive, inconspicuous electronic device that improves your fluency, and get one free, send contact information to: stutterstopper@earthlink.net or Stutter Stopper, Box 15321, Bradenton FL 34280.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m. until we get rid of all our stuff. Friday and Saturday, July 1-2. All proceeds go to education fund of AMI Turtle Watch & Shorebirds. Cool items, computer desk, office goodies, old stuff, funky stuff, lamps, linens, books, kitchen stuff plus you get to hang out and hear the latest nesting beach stories and eat home made cookies! Please bring coffee! 214 69th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- ? Saturday, July 2. 2511 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: WEDDING BAND and prescription glasses on public beach, Saturday, June 11. Reward. 941-794-3015.

FOUND: KITTEN, BLACK and white, near 83rd Street, Holmes Beach, Saturday, June 11. Red collar. Call 941-778-0821 or 941-932-0559.

FOUND: BLACK CHANGE purse and contents at Publix, June 5. Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5804.

PETS

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

BOATS & BOATING

BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.

DOCK RENTAL WANTED: Avid, responsible angler/diver looking for affordable slip to keep 24.5-foot boat. 941-807-1221.

HELP WANTED

HOUSEKEEPER: MONDAY THROUGH Thursday. Cleaning, cooking. Must like dogs and cats. Non-smoker. Good pay. Background check. 941-704-7336.

EDUCATOR LOOKING FOR part-time personal assistant for variety of duties. Good references. Phone number, 941-761-7472.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

KIDS FOR HIRE

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

TAXI TAXI: CALL us anytime. Travel to any destination. Car or van service. Taxi Taxi, 941-799-1555.

ELDER HOME HEALTH aide and/or companion care: Driving to doctor appointments, errands, meals, light housekeeping. Experience, references. Call Heidi, 941-345-5007 after 7 p.m.

ATTENTION INDIVIDUALS AND businesses: Need help? Consider It Done. Call for services, 941-896-4089 or consitdon@aol.com.

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior, stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match price plus 10% off. Free estimates. 941-448-1928.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-524-7426.

LAWN & GARDEN

CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-7045.

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

RENTALS

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with garage. Boat dock. Nice quiet area, references required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-1789.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Annual lease or six months plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/month furnished. No dogs. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

TROPICAL PARADISE: 3BR/2BA canalfront home on Key Royale. Annual unfurnished. New carpet and new paint. Updated interior. Davits. $2,300/month. 941-704-2827.

CHARMING 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex. High ceilings, new carpet, clean, no pets. Bradenton Beach. $850/month. 941-725-2549.

LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION! Monthly rental, Key Royale 2BR/2BA canal home. Lets talk! Call Kathy, 941-932-5939.

ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA. 2BR/1.5BA, sailboat access. Dock, lift, washer and dryer. Non-smoking, no pets, credit check. A-1 tenant? A-1 landlord. $1,400/month. 941-779-0556.

ANNUAL: 3BR, FENCED yard, $950/month. Annual 1BR, furnished, $750/month. Big Fish Real Estate, 941-779-2289.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Three miles to beach, seasonal, $140,000-plus. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison.

RUNAWAY BAY RESORT: 2BR/2BA close to pool and beach. Owner. $219,000. 1-317-437-4461.

FOR SALE: AFFORDABLE, adorable 1BR trailer in pretty park, bay access, one mile from Anna Maria Island beaches, boat stake possible. 941-727-5210.

BEST BUY ON Anna Maria Island: Sandpiper Resort. Purchase the corporation share and get unit #507 turnkey, 1BR/1BA for $5,000. Steps to Gulf and bay. 585-731-4415.  www.sandpiperresortcoop.com.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN lakefront lots. New, gated waterfront community. Dockable lots with up to 300 feet of shoreline. Low insurance, low property tax. Call now, 800-709-5253.

Animal advocates demonstrate

Animal-rights advocates Paula Demilly and Alisa Foxworthy demonstrate June 16 along with a crowd of about 800 at a rally outside the Manatee County administration building in downtown Bradenton, where the county board held a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget. Animal-welfare advocates were concerned, based on prior comments by two commissioners, that funding might be cut for the county’s pet adoption programs. During the hearing, commissioners assured activists that would not happen. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Pet Rally

Animal-rights advocates Paula Demilly and Alisa Foxworthy demonstrate June 16 along with a crowd of about 800 at a rally outside the Manatee County administration building in downtown Bradenton, where the county board held a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Privateers threaten city hall siege

The long July 4 weekend will begin with a rowdy capture and conclude with a big bang.

Plans for the weekend include a siege at Bradenton Beach City Hall, a parade and three fireworks displays.

The Chiles Group will present the fireworks displays after sundown July 2 on the north end of Longboat Key near the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant; on July 3 in Bradenton Beach near the BeachHouse Restaurant and on July 4 in Anna Maria near the Sandbar Restaurant. Each event features a public display and the restaurant hosting VIP receptions.

Owner Ed Chiles promised the events would be “bigger and better than ever.”

The Anna Maria Island Privateers krewe also has big plans for the weekend.

The nonprofit’s annual Independence Day Parade will begin about 10 a.m. July 4 at Coquina Beach and travel north through each Island city to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

Participation in the parade is free, but entries must be motorized.

From Bayfront Park, the Privateers will navigate their float back to the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, where they will award scholarships to college-bound students and celebrate American patriotism and scholastic achievement with a barbecue.

The krewe will launch its holiday weekend at 4:30 p.m. July 1, laying siege to Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Privateer Tim “Hammer” Thompson gave city commissioners and Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt fair warning during a commission meeting June 16.

Thompson, with a menacing growl, warned that Bartelt would be kidnapped and held for ransom. AMIP would be demanding cash, as well as a key to the city and a commission proclamation to gain Bartelt’s release.

North-end traffic advisory issued

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising motorists in Anna Maria to exercise caution when driving near the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection, where construction crews are continuing work on an 800-foot-long boardwalk along the shore near the city pier.

The project, funded by a federal grant and supervised by the DOT, began in mid-May and the north portion of the boardwalk and the pier’s north parking lot are expected to be put into service in July. The entire project should be completed by early October, a DOT press release said.

Island chamber still waiting on county payment

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board members learned at their June 15 meeting that the chamber still had not been paid $40,000 owed by Manatee County for the chamber’s service as a tourist information center from November 2010 through May 2011.

But chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said a retroactive contract was on the county commission’s June 21 agenda. If passed, Brockman was hopeful the chamber would immediately get at least the estimated $8,000 owed for November and December.

The chamber has continued to act as a tourist information center for the county since Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione told Brockman in January county attorneys wanted a contract to replace a verbal agreement with former BACVB director Larry White. The verbal agreement was in place since 2001, Brockman said.

It’s taken nearly five months to get a contract both sides agree upon, Brockman said.

During the past few months, with no monthly income from the county, Brockman cut back in some areas and occasionally borrowed against the chamber’s money market certificate to meet payroll and other expenses. The monthly BACVB funds cover postage, rent and miscellaneous costs associated with promoting county tourism.

“I’m extremely hopeful this will pass,” Brockman told the board.

In other business, chamber board members discussed the possibility that dues might be raised to meet rising expenses. That discussion was continued to the July 20 meeting.

The board learned that a planned November Caribbean cruise was canceled because the chamber did not receive the minimum required reservations to confirm passengers.

Larry Chatt reported some “bugs” in development of a new website, but expects the site to be running by July 1. The interactive website will give each chamber member a listing that can be changed and updated by the member.

Board member David Teitelbaum reported that ad sales for the new Island trolleys that begin operating in August are “going well.” Prior advertisers were given first choice on location and all have signed up to advertise.

About three-fourths of all the available ad space on the trolleys has been sold, he said.

The first of the county’s new trolleys will begin operating in August, with other trolleys to become operational in the ensuing months. Five trolleys will be in the fleet, although only three will operate at any one time on the Island. The remaining trolleys will be in maintenance. The Island trolley service will continue fare-free, Teitelbaum noted.

Brockman said the chamber is taking applications for its 2011 business awards. Anyone wishing to nominate a business for an award can go to the chamber’s website at www.annamariaislandchamber.org and download an application.

A date and location for the awards dinner has not been chosen, although Brockman said she is hoping to find a location for a Nov. 7 banquet.

TDC rejects wedding fest request

The Manatee County Tourist Development Council June 20 rejected a request from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for $10,000 for the 2012 wedding festival.

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione said the time had come to halt advertising the festival separately and instead include advertising in the BACVB’s overall marketing campaign.

Chamber executive assistant Deb Wing said funds were requested to highlight the festival’s change to early May, when more rooms would be available to attendees.

The February 2011 wedding fest was a success, but the idea to get “heads in beds” was only partially successful as many attendees were unable to book rooms in February.

“I wanted to bring you better heads-in-beds figures,” Wing said of the $10,000 request, adding that the funds would be well spent for that purpose.

County Commissioner and TDC Chair Carol Whitmore, however, disagreed.

“I know it’s hard, but we have to stretch our advertising dollars,” she said.

She said the BACVB should promote the festival with a link on its website and that a joint marketing plan should be developed.

Falcione said he would work with Wing on a plan, and noted that the BACVB budget included $45,000 for AMI Chamber co-op advertising.

He said he and Wing would return to the TDC in August with a plan for consideration.

Falcione then presented the BACVB’s proposed $4.9 million budget for fiscal 2012-13, which passed unanimously without comment.

Whitmore said the county commission must approve the budget before it becomes final.

“Nothing is etched in stone,” she said.

The budget includes $500,000 in unspecified tourism related projects and debt service, $500,000 as a transfer to the Manatee County Civic Center and $159,000 to the tax collector.

A statement from the BACVB noted that the budget funds come from the 5 percent “bed tax” on all accommodations rented in Manatee County for less than six months. Of the 5 cents per $1 collected, 3 cents goes to destination marketing, 1 cent is for beach renourishment and 1 cent for promoting and advertising tourism.

From the first 3 cent collection, the BACVB allocates 10.5 percent to Bradenton for debt service on McKechnie Field, as the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The BACVB proposed to spend $517,500 for online marketing with leading U.S. newspapers and tourism websites.

For television, radio and out-of-home marketing, the BACVB provided $319,000, while $53,565 would be spent advertising with the St. Petersburg Times.

Magazine advertising totaled $306,657, while community partnerships was $165,000. Included in community partnerships was $25,000 for the Island chamber to act as a tourist information center for the county, and $45,000 for co-op advertising with Island chamber members.

The international market was not forgotten, with $28,575 slated for travel shows and sales missions in Germany and London, $51,000 for Canadian marketing and $147,000 for advertising and marketing in Great Britain.

The BACVB’s draft production budget for 2012-13 was $878,500 and included $200,000 to an unidentified advertising agency, $100,000 to “Phase V – Fulfillment Services,” and the “Joe Pickett Sports Commission Fee/Events” was allocated $150,000 in the draft budget.

BB commission reviews boater registration reg

The city commission isn’t ready to bail on a resolution they adopted last fall creating a registration for boaters in the Bradenton Beach Mooring Field south of the Bridge Street pier.

But the commission may repeal the ordinance if they think the measure will sink in a review by a special master in a quasi-judicial hearing scheduled for July.

In October 2010, the commission adopted a resolution requiring boaters anchoring their vessels in the mooring field for extended periods to register with the city. Several years ago, Bradenton Beach, under a state statute, secured jurisdiction of the bay and Gulf waters extending 500 feet from shore.

Police Chief Sam Speciale said his department needed the registration requirement to know who was living on the boats and how to reach boaters in an emergency — a hurricane, a sinking vessel or a break-away boat.

A break-away boat can cost the city thousands of dollars, Speciale said, adding, “This gets to be a heck of an expense for us.”

The chief said the annual $15 fee attached to the registration was just an administration fee: “That’s 4 cents a day.”

Some boaters grumbled about the registration requirement, and a challenge is pending a review by city-appointed special master Harold Youmans.

During a meeting June 16, commissioners, Mayor Bob Bartelt, city attorney Ricinda Perry and Speciale discussed whether to proceed with the special-master process or repeal the resolution. A decision was delayed until a meeting July 7.

The commission, going into last week’s meeting, was facing a recommendation from Perry to strike the resolution, which would eliminate the registration rule.

The proposal stated, “After considering public comment and having considered supporting documentation and testimony from the staff, the city commission of the city of Bradenton Beach has determined it be to in the best interest of the city to repeal Resolution 10-768.”

In a memo to commissioners, Perry said the purpose for the registration program was to address “a recurrent problem with the mooring of derelict vessels” in city waters. “Specifically, a number of vessels were abandoned and causing damage to public property, including the city pier.”

Since then, code enforcement officer Gail Garneau has worked to clear the anchorage field of derelict vessels. Perry, in the memo, stated, “The derelict vessel issue has been resolved.”

The attorney also noted, “This, coupled with the recent demands that sea turtle season has placed on the code enforcement department, has led to the need to reevaluate the means and needs of enforcement in city waters.”

Additionally, Perry told commissioners that while she believed the resolution was “defensible,” going before the special master was a gamble that could cost the city $2,500-$5,000.

“Boater rights are very well protected in this state,” she said.

Later, she added, “I can’t say you have 100 percent chance of prevailing.… But I feel this is quite defensible.”

The special master, citing case law, wants proof that the resolution was enacted to address public health and safety issues in the mooring field.

A body of public evidence exists to prove code violations in the mooring field, including problems over the last year with derelict and abandoned vessels, Perry said.

However, in regards to alleged evidence of criminal activity, which Youmans will want to see, the Bradenton Beach Police Department has intelligence notes of suspicions and allegations, but not public complaints or reports.

Documentation of criminal activity or alleged activity is “what the special master’s eye is looking for,” Perry said.

After a lengthy discussion, commissioners agreed that Perry should work with the police department to decide whether a summary or trends report based on the intelligence notes can be presented to the special master without jeopardizing police work.

Commissioner Gay Breuler said when the commission regroups July 7, elected officials still must decide whether they want to invest in the defense, regardless of the whether the case is winnable.

“Is it worth the cost?” she asked, noting that Speciale indicated the registration rule served its purpose and that the city had received a grant to pay for the towing of abandoned vessels.

The mayor, however, said the downside of losing the registration rule would be that new boaters could arrive and the city would have no way to identify them or reach them.

Meanwhile, Speciale said police continue to monitor the mooring field, including routine checks to verify that vessels are registered with the state and in compliance with Florida statutes.

In other business

In other business at the Bradenton Beach commission meeting June 16, commissioners:

• Approved paying a $5,562 invoice from M.T. Causley for building department services.

• Continued a public hearing on a proposed ordinance on a solid waste franchise agreement with Waste Pro of Florida to 7 p.m. July 7.

• Hired LTA Engineers to survey and prepare sketches of a sidewalk on the west side of Gulf Drive from Cortez Road north to the Gulf Drive Cafe. The cost would be $2,000.

• Approved a motion for Perry to continue as the city attorney through December 2012. The agreement includes a description of city attorney services and sets the fee at $170 per hour and a waiver that provides for Perry to continue to represent Island businessman Ed Chiles and his interests, including the BeachHouse Restaurant.

Commissioner Gay Breuler, noting she wasn’t questioning Perry’s integrity, sought a comfort level with the waiver. “It’s only perception,” Breuler said.

Perry said she welcomed the discussion of “an issue that comes up every year.” She pledged never to sue the city on Chiles behalf and said if ever commissioners became uncomfortable with her representation on a certain matter she would recuse herself.

• Approved an application from the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., for the placement of 45 seats for outdoor dining. The permit allows for the temporary placement of the seating — 60 days beginning June 20.

• Heard from Anna Maria Island Privateer Tim “Hammer” Thompson of a planned siege at city hall at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 1. The mayor will be kidnapped for ransom, Thompson warned.

Open house Friday

Shawn Kaleta, owner of Beach to Bay Living in Holmes Beach, third from left, awaits the opening of a model home in his Coastal Cottages line of builder designs at 315 62nd St. in Holmes Beach. Kaleta said he and his staff are planning a grand opening and open house for the new model home with “light bites, refreshments and Island-style steel drum music” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 24. Pictured are Beach-to-Bay associates, from left, Adam Batley and Karen Lima, Kaleta and partner Scott Eason. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin